Forget New Year’s diets and all those vows of fewer glasses of wine. Let 2017 be the year of trying new things — namely, these recent additions to Fort Worth’s booze scene. Challenge yourself to try a new brew, varietal of vino, or craft cocktail at one of these drink spots.
Lone Star Taps & Caps
This growler bar expanded to Camp Bowie from Lewisville and Denton. Even if you’ve been in before, Taps & Caps feels like a new shop with each visit, thanks to more than 50 rotating brews. Stop in for a pint or 4-ounce pour to sip in-house, or fill your growler and take it home. Not a lager lover? Try Taps & Caps’ ciders, root beers, or kombuchas.
As a former retail store in Near Southside, this bar is no stranger to what’s in vogue. The charming juxtaposition of an industrial interior with delicate furniture offers something for everyone, much like the available wines, beers, and food menu. Order wine or beer (there are 44 options of each, naturally) and play I Spy with the funky doors, taxidermied animals, and boats lining the bar. You can also take a case of beer or wine to-go.
If the clever name doesn’t peak your interest, daily drink specials will get you in the door. With the same minds behind the Rail Club, the Moon Tower, and Tomcats West, this remodel of The Mule includes ample TVs and a tried-and-true patio. Check social media for open-mic nights, live music, karaoke, and weekly specials.
Republic Street Bar
Heim Barbecue might have helped Republic Street Bar gain prominence, but Republic still pleases every day of the week. And now that Heim has opened its own storefront, Republic has released a food menu including brunch, appetizers, and delectable tots. Grab a mimosa on Saturday, a Bloody Mary on Sunday funday, or a weekday beer — especially when the weather permits outdoor seating.
Truffle steak tortes and inventive mezcal cocktails? Go ahead and rearrange your happy hour plans right now, because this restaurant and bar hybrid has drinks and eats for everyone who likes Tex-Mex (which is pretty much everyone, right?). Plus, there’s something on the menu called Burnt Ends, which serves up jalapeños, cheddar, avocado, onions, and the smoky ends of brisket in a torta or taco. Try it with a Dirty Sanchez cocktail.